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That Springsteen Song


That song playing as Kerry entered the hall (whose refrain he has quoted lately) is Bruce Springsteen’s “No Surrender.” It’s an odd choice, since the song is a fairly pedestrian Boss tune full of adolescent angst, and the title/refrain sounds frankly ironic, and not the sort of thing a war hero would choose if he knew the whole song. Obviously Kerry doesn’t. See below.

We busted out of class had to get away from those fools

We learned more from a three minute record than we ever learned in school

Tonight I hear the neighborhood drummer sound

I can feel my heart begin to pound

You say you’re tired and you just want to close your eyes and follow your dreams down

We made a promise we swore we’d always remember

No retreat no surrender

Like soldiers in the winter’s night with a vow to defend

No retreat no surrender

Now young faces grow sad and old and hearts of fire grow cold

We swore blood brothers against the wind

I’m ready to grow young again

And hear your sister’s voice calling us home across the open yards

Well maybe we could cut someplace of our own

With these drums and these guitars

Blood brothers in the stormy night with a vow to defend

No retreat no surrender

Now on the street tonight the lights grow dim

The walls of my room are closing in

There’s a war outside still raging

you say it ain’t ours anymore to win

I want to sleep beneath peaceful skies in my lover’s bed

with a wide open country in my eyes

and these romantic dreams in my head